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Environment | Energy

Washington Leader Deals A Blow To Coal Exports On The Columbia River, Puget Sound

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 3, 2017 5:30 p.m.

The Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands is denying a sublease request for a coal export project in Longview and expanding an aquatic reserve in Puget Sound where another coal terminal was proposed. 

Environment | Energy

More Rail Congestion And Noise Among Impacts Of Longview Coal Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Train traffic congestion and railroad noise are two of the major impacts of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, Washington, according to the latest environmental review.

Environment | Energy

Army Corps Denies Permit For Puget Sound Coal Export Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2016 11:33 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.

Environment | Energy

Environmental Impacts Linked To Columbia River Coal Project

OPB/EarthFix | April 29, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts of the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according to a draft report released Friday.

Environment | Energy

Coal Company Backing Longview Export Terminal Declares Bankruptcy

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 3:15 p.m.

A key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River  filed for bankruptcy Monday.

Environment | Energy

Montana's Pro-Coal Crow Nation Stands Apart From Northwest Tribes

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 23, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Crow Agency, Montana

While Washington and Oregon tribes are opposing the transport of coal by rail and ship through the Northwest, the Crow tribe in south-central Montana is banking on a new mine opening up on their land and export terminal on Puget Sound to ship that coal to Asia.

Environment | Energy

Officials Delay Environmental Review Of Millenium Coal Export Project

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 15, 2015 3:45 p.m.

On Thursday, Washington officials announced a delay in the environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal on the Columbia River.

Environment | Energy | Ecotrope

Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Plunge to 18-Year Low

Ecotrope | April 5, 2013 9:08 a.m.

With less energy coming from coal last year and more coming from cheap natural gas, energy-related carbon emissions in the U.S. dropped to their lowest level since 1994, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Environment | Ecotrope

A Columbia River Pilot's View Of Coal Exports

Ecotrope | March 4, 2013 8:06 a.m.

Columbia River pilot Anne McIntyre could find herself navigating bulk carriers laden with coal if coal export terminals are built along the river.

Transportation | Environment | Ecotrope

Video: Climb Aboard A Bulk Carrier With Columbia River Pilots

Ecotrope | Feb. 26, 2013 6 a.m.

Climb aboard a 609-foot bulk carrier with me, EarthFix reporter Katie Campbell and Columbia River Pilot Capts. Anne McIntyre and Charles Dobbins.

Energy | Ecotrope

How Much Energy Does The U.S. Export?

Ecotrope | Dec. 17, 2012 2:05 a.m.

I found this report from the Energy Information Administration interesting in light of the coal and liquefied natural gas export proposals looming in the Pacific Northwest.

Energy | Ecotrope

Coal Export Critics Ask: What About Pollution From Trains And Barges?

Ecotrope | Dec. 7, 2012 12:49 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fielded questions about coal exports from a room of about 800 people in Portland Thursday night.

Energy | Ecotrope

Santa Doles Out Coal At Anti-Export Rally

Ecotrope | Dec. 6, 2012 11:17 p.m.

Around 800 people gathered in Portland last night for an Oregon Department Environmental Quality informational meeting on the Morrow Pacific coal export project.

Energy | Ecotrope

Where U.S. Coal Exports Are Going

Ecotrope | Nov. 15, 2012 1:11 a.m.

The Energy Information Administration just released new charts of which ports are exporting U.S. coal, and where that coal is going. About 75 percent of the coal exported from the U.S. is going to Europe and Asia.

Energy | Ecotrope

Protesters Ask New Agency Head To Deny Coal Export Permit

Ecotrope | Nov. 13, 2012 8:26 a.m.

Coal export opponents gathered at the Oregon Department of State Lands office in Salem today to ask the agency's new director to deny a key permit for the Morrow Pacific coal export project.

Energy | Ecotrope

Coal Export Opponents Air TV Ad In Spokane

Ecotrope | Sept. 4, 2012 9:46 a.m.
Transportation | Energy | Ecotrope

Fishermen Come Out Against Coal Exports

Ecotrope | July 31, 2012 6 a.m.

Last week, the sizable ranks of coal export supporters were revealed in an Earthfix poll and an industry-funded PR campaign. Today the ranks of coal export opponents grew to include thousands of anglers and outdoors enthusiasts in the National Wildlife Federation and Association of Northwest Steelheaders.

Transportation | Energy | Ecotrope

How Much Coal Dust Will There Really Be?

Ecotrope | July 30, 2012 9:30 a.m.

Earlier this month, I reported on a group of doctors who want Oregon to stop the permitting process for coal export projects to do a review of potential health impacts.

Energy | Ecotrope

Pro-Coal Export Movement Gathers Steam

Ecotrope | July 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Some interesting news on the pro-coal export front today: The Oregonian reports a new trade group that includes Peabody Energy, Arch Coal and Cloud Peak Energy is launching an ad campaign supporting coal exports.

Energy | Ecotrope

Doctors Call For A Health Review Of Coal Exports

Ecotrope | July 19, 2012 10:14 a.m.

A group of 130 Oregon doctors wants the state of Oregon to stop the permitting process for coal exports until the health risks have been reviewed.